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Kingdom wins litter contract in Wrexham after successful trial

Kingdom is very pleased to have been awarded the contract to continue to provide environmental protection services in Wrexham for at least the next two years following a very successful pilot scheme in the borough over the last year.

Kingdom has been providing environmental protection services on behalf of Wrexham County Borough Council since April 2016. Kingdom’s Environmental Protection officers have been tackling litter and dog fouling in the county borough, issuing fixed penalty notices (FPNs) of £75 to anyone caught dropping litter or failing to clean up after their dog has fouled. Kingdom is very much looking forward to continuing the excellent relationship with Wrexham Council which they have developed over the past 12 months.

Kingdom was originally chosen for a trial period in Wrexham after the council received a number of complaints regarding dog fouling in 2015, and the cost of tackling litter in the county borough had risen to £1.2million per year. This led to Wrexham Council launching a campaign of “zero tolerance” towards offenders.

In the first six months of the pilot more than 3,200 fines were issued, worth £263,475. In comparison, only 43 fines were issued by the council in 2015-2016. An article in The Times, on BBC News and on ITV News in January 2017 announced that Wrexham was now the first council in the country to be collecting more fines for littering than for parking - £30,000 per month for littering compared to £11,000 for parking.

As well as punishing people for breaking the law, Kingdom has also been running a “Bin it to Win It” campaign in Wrexham which encourages people to dispose of their litter properly and potentially rewards them for doing so. The scheme offers people who are seen by Kingdom’s Environmental Protection officers putting their litter in the bin the chance to be entered into a monthly prize draw, with the prize being £50 of local shopping vouchers.

During the trial period, Kingdom has taken extra steps to tackle dog fouling in particular, by identifying hotspot areas, increasing their patrols around country parks, and starting their patrols earlier and finishing them later in order to catch more offenders.

Kingdom’s Environmental Protection Division is led by experts with an ex-police and military background and aims to make our environment cleaner, safer and greener. They deliver over 270,000 Environmental Protection hours per year across the UK on behalf of local authorities, issuing Fixed Penalty Notices to offenders who are seen breaking the Environmental Protection Act 1990 in streets, parks and open spaces, therefore successfully reducing anti-social behaviour.

To find out more about Kingdom’s Environmental Protection service, please visit http://www.kingdom.co.uk/services/environmental-protection/ or call 0845 051 7702.